Minack Theatre

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This open-air theatre is dramatically situated on the cliffs at Porthcumo, near Land's End, and hosts a season of plays and musicals from March to November.
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Kevin S
London, UK8 contributions
May 2022
I visited this open air theater back in the day. Now, however, similar to many historic attractions, it is like Fort Knox. The staff are rather haughty (apart from the young parking attendant) and you can't get a glimpse of the site without buying a ticket in advance it is suggested. We arrived late afternoon, with no one around but the staff and were told we could not see the site without buying a ticket for the show that night and, to be honest, the show didn't sound too appealing. All in all, I would think its creator Rowena Cade might be looking down slightly aghast at the present administration. I'd suggest you use the website webcam to avoid disappointment,
Written 25 June 2022
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shakespeare076
Knutsford, UK437 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Great performance of The Odyssey in a fabulous location.

Comfy stage seating £18 each.
Good quality ice cream - the best we’d had all week - Roskillys I think 🤔 £2.50 per tub. About 5 flavours to choose from.

If you’re old or infirm book seats towards the top of the cliff - steps are steep in parts and a lot of them to climb.

Toilets are at the top of the cliff.

Free drinking water if you take along your own bottle.
Written 24 June 2022
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Will O
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Staff are a bit ditsy, rude and strangely entitled considering their role, also you'll be forced to sit with your shoulders touching those of the people next to you as the staff have a stick to represent the area 2 people should fit into. woe betide you if you try to sit outside of the stocks boundary. This meant elderly people had little room to move and adjust while sat on hard stone or grass seats, being told theyre fully booked.....it turned out there were large gaps left throughout as staff got confused and forced people to pack in while leaving large open areas above or below them.

We went to watch the Oddysey and considered walking out in the first 5 minutes unfortunately. Very juvenile, most of the one man performance was filled out by extended periods of annoying and random sound effects made by the performer. Very little actual story told, mostly just the sound effects. May as well have turned on Cbeebies and saved my money.

Having said that if you pick a decent play im sure itll be worth dealing with the staff and the cramped seating. I did enjoy just sitting there staring at the beautiful sea view even with the performer making electric drill and saw noises to represent the building of the trojan horse......
Written 23 June 2022
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sue w
Camborne, UK4 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
We recently visited the minack to see a show what a beautiful place,an open air theatre on the cliff
Written 23 June 2022
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Toffeeuk
United Kingdom43 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Parking really organised, queue for refreshments was very long so gave it a miss. Sat in section D to the left facing the stage. Stone seats so cushion required, also is very steep and seats narrow. Can get cold after sunset, people took their own food and drink and blankets etc.
The show was very entertaining and David did an excellent performance and was very funny.
I would definitely recommend.
Written 21 June 2022
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Graham C
Culburra Beach, Australia765 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
It is hard to imagine that one person had the dream, the drive and the skills to create this extraordinary theatre. The roads leading to the Minack Theatre are narrow and a bit hair-raising but it is so worth navigating them to see this amazing place. The gardens are stunning as are the views of Porthcurno Beach and the Cornish coast. Super helpful and super friendly staff add to this special treat. There’s nowhere else in the world like it!
Written 21 June 2022
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Hillary S
Wigan, UK180 contributions
May 2022
The Minack Theatre is such an incredible place especially when you realise how and why it was built by Rowena Cade BUT paying full price to visit when they are in the middle of a performance week is a bit of a cheek as you can't see the theatre in its purest state.
On this visit the set for the production made it look like a scrap yard.
I have been many times before and am in awe of it but this time I was bringing a friend who had never seen the like before and even she was shocked out what a mess the place looked with old washing machines and rusty metal appliances everywhere.
Also there was no cafe facility available, only an outside servery offering the basic refreshments that was clearly set up for the performance later that day.
The exhibition that explains the life of Rowena Cade is tucked away at the back of the main buildings near the exit and we didn't find it until we were ready to go - we could easily have missed it. How many people do?
Written 19 June 2022
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Thank you for your feedback and for bringing your friends to see this place, which is so precious to many people. As you say, Rowena Cade is an inspirational figure and we feel we are following in her footsteps by maintaining the Minack as the working theatre she intended it to be. All the structures she built around the theatre - the pillars, balcony etc, were pieces of scenery for specific productions, which she often knocked down at the end of the show. Today we preserve the theatre structure as it was when she died, but we honour her legacy by keeping it as a living performance space. People like to enjoy the Minack in their own way, so we provide a range of media to tell Rowena Cade's remarkable story. About 2/3 of visitors, like you, visit the exhibition, others use our audio tour, join one of our tour guides or listen to our actor guide, who tells the story live on stage 3 mornings a week in summer. And some prefer a traditional guide book. It's entirely up to the individual. We hope we'll be able to welcome you back again in the future, perhaps to see a show here and enjoy the theatre at its most magical.
Written 23 June 2022
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Patrick
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
An amazing half day spent whilst visiting the Cornish coast.
My wife and I stopped here as it was highly recommended by the locals and I can understand why. The perfect place to explore!
Written 18 June 2022
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Lisalu
Maidenhead, UK30 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Absolutely beautful. The setting is unbeatable. The staff are so lovely and helpful and there's not a single thing I would change. Loved every second and I hope I get to come back one day!
Written 15 June 2022
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Julia
Lichfield, UK38 contributions
May 2022
Everything about it was perfect, we loved it. The views, the atmosphere , the history it was all amazing. Unfortunately we hadn’t tickets for the show that day but it was wonderful anyway. The only slight negative was the car park could have opened up slightly earlier. We were only 15 minutes prior to our allotted ticket time which was at opening time yet weren’t allowed in the car park and as the approach lane was so narrow it created a road block so we just had to move.
Written 12 June 2022
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